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Ousting Planned Parenthood from Girl Scouts March 16, 2004

A national pro-life group has announced a campaign to end the nation's largest abortion provider's relationship with the largest organization for young girls.

Recently, Girl Scouts USA CEO Kathy Cloninger told NBC News, "We have relationships ... with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country, to bring information-based sex education programs to girls." In response to this admission, American Life League's STOPP International has announced a new initiative that will compile a definitive list of Girl Scout councils along with their positions and intent to partner with Planned Parenthood.

"Historically, parents have viewed the Girl Scouts as a safe, wholesome educational organization for their daughters to join," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of STOPP International. "In light of Cloninger's recent comments, STOPP International is creating a tool by which parents can determine if their local Girl Scouts still deserve that trust."

Once this information is compiled it will be released publicly. "Wherever the Planned Parenthood predators are preying on our young, we will be there," added Sedlak.

Responding to the Girl Scouts' claim that "all program activities are age-appropriate," and that Girl Scouting will "help girls develop meaningful values and ethics," Sedlak said, "Planned Parenthood's programs expose young girls to pornographic images and sexually explicit information that leads them down the road to the contraceptive and abortion mentality. This information does not help develop meaningful values, but instead it is often damaging to women. The Girl Scouts of the USA needs to cut all ties with this pro-death organization."

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